New Minglewood Blues
Tons Of Steel
West L.A. Fadeaway
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Bird Song ->
The Promised Land
Shakedown Street ->
Looks Like Rain ->
Terrapin Station ->
The Other One ->
Stella Blue ->
Throwing Stones ->
Not Fade Away
Mr. Tambourine Man
Dead Man, Dead Man
Simple Twist Of Fate
Watching The River Flow
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Chimes Of Freedom
Queen Jane Approximately
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Rainy Day Women And
Gotta Serve Somebody
All Along The Watchtower
Touch Of Grey
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
encore placed at end of disk 1
source for encore nak 300's w/ d5 2nd gen
numerous PHIL BOMBS during begining of Shakedown Street
begining of Mr Tambourine Man cut
December 11, 2017 Subject:
Long, fun afternoon.
I went to this show the summer I graduated high school, had an amazing time. The next morning, I woke with a terrible pain in my side. I needed to have my appendix removed. That is all.
June 22, 2017 Subject:
This is exactly how it sounded
That cavernous stadium really added some nice natural echo. I couldn't understand much of what came out of Dylan's mouth, but his TONE really put the hook in me, and I vowed to learn more about him. Thank you to the GD for introducing us, among other things. :)
August 3, 2016 Subject:
Seems odd that this was their only time at Big A - they usually played Irvine at the time, which was obviously better, but it took a 2 or 3-day run, and this was the Dylan tour, which were stadium gigs. The format was two Dead sets>Dylan set>Dead encore>Dylan encore. I toured this summer - but missed this show (darn it!), which was much talked-about and a common tape suggestion for several years. I remember getting a wobbly, hissy, fast-pitched low-gen, so even though you could tell it was a top-shelf show, I didn't listen to it again. Weir is funny - with his Madonna T and Brent is great. Dylan put the boys on their toes for these long shows and they spun out some ribbony tapestries, which makes it ironic that Dylan's tour-document album stunk. But then, for the Dylan sets you had to be there. Too bad the Dead's sets weren't released for so long (instead).
First Set. Starting with a bang on a tight, concise Iko Iko. This was the version pulled for the Record Store Day Side By Side 7" split with Dr. John and Dixie Cups (their original hit single). It was a black sleeve/mystery edition, and when you opened it the A-side turned out to be the Grateful Dead. It was a great version to pick, though truth is Rhino could only choose from this one, 10/7/80, 3/30/90, 7/7/89, or 9/16/78. Minglewood continues the hot energy - "dizzy minnies start lookin' good/T right here in Anaheim" (since Disneyland is right across the freeway, Bobby was probably referring to "Minnie Mouses" and not mini skirts). '87 was the biggest year for what was often labeled (until this month) "100,000 tons", and this is about where it peaked. But it's Phil that adds what it needs here. I traded with this cat that knew the songs by his own titles; so I would get shows labelled with "Snow & Rain", "Don't Stand to Lose" and "Born in a Desert". West L.A. Fadeaway is a very dynamic version. Masterpiece is a shorter example, going into Mexicali. Bird Song isn't mind-boggling like some, but it's played just about perfectly nonetheless.
Second Set. Intermission must have been somewhat less than replenishing because it takes awhile to tighten back up (the end jam of Shakedown). But the rest is consistent and all above-average. Bobby must love his performance on Throwing Stones, because he let them put it on Weir Here (albeit an edited version). Jer tries a few things a bit differently and it's an ace version for the drummers. Jer is a genius on Not Fade Away. No SBDs of the Touch of Grey encore exist because Dylan was on guitar. When he was onstage the tapers section was also supposed to be shut - he no allow.
1st Set: A- 2nd Set: B-
Overall = 4 stars (Dead show + Dead encore)
Iko Iko - a nice tight first-set-stylee, pulled for single release
Tons of Steel - common song for just a few years, this is a go-to version
West L.A. Fadeaway - very dynamic A+ version
When I Paint My Masterpiece - shorter version, nailed
Not Fade Away - Jer doing what he did
Touch of Grey - fired by Dylan
SOURCES: Because it was one of the Dylan gigs, SBDs never circulated until the Dead sets were released on View from the Vault IV. Altogether, this show has shown up on four releases! Throwing Stones is on Weir Here (with 50 seconds of the solo removed), Iko is on a 7" single, and 3 from Dylan's set are on the live Dylan album from the tour that was released on his label. You still need an AUD for the Dead's Touch of Grey encore. The yamaguchi sounds best but the source is wayyy too fast - it needs -5%, which is an unusual pitch error for an '87 (or any, actually).
October 28, 2015 Subject:
Great show but the misplacement of the encore threw the whole thing off for me :/
August 20, 2015 Subject:
knocking on heavens doors and touch of Grey are mislabeled
no harsh trolling
December 20, 2012 Subject:
This show has replenished my love for what this band stands for.
September 20, 2012 Subject:
i was there for this show. one of the best i`ve ever seen thanks for sharing
February 23, 2011 Subject:
My First Show of many, many more to follow..
I can't believe I just stumbled on this site! I clicked on this recording here... and even though 23 years has passed, it was just like yesterday! Went w/ a friend, didn't know much what the Dead was about... but nothing had ever felt so right b4 as did that day.. being there... was so awesome! Musta seen somewhere between 60 -70 shows between then and when Jerry died.. may he RIP... thanks for sharing your recording... good job!
February 10, 2010 Subject:
This show is a Dead DVD. View from the Vault 4. Hands down my favorite Shakedown. Bob is the Shit in Looks Like Rain.
April 8, 2009 Subject:
The Dead at the Big A! Phil trys to recreate a Southern California earthquake with his sonic bombs on Shakedown Street!
Over all a fun show. The Dead always seemed to love playing in SoCal.
April 8, 2009 Subject: